Watford give clear indication about whether West Ham game will go ahead after a 17-day break following Covid postponements.
West Ham are due to travel to Vicarage Road to face the Hornets on Tuesday.
The fixture will be Watford’s first game for 17 days after a host of Covid cancellations.
That instantly puts West Ham at a distinct disadvantage given the Hammers will be expected to play two games within 48 hours.
Watford are one of the favourites for relegation and on paper should be just the fixture West Ham need to get their faltering season back on track.
David Moyes’s side have tumbled out of the top four, been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by bitter rivals Spurs and could end the week in eighth place following a dismal run of one win in their last seven Premier League matches.
But will West Ham’s game at Watford be going ahead?
A number of Premier League and Championship matches have been called off on the day due to Covid outbreaks.
And that cannot be ruled out.
But as things stand West Ham’s trip to Watford is all set to go ahead after the home side made an announcement on their official website for fans attending.
An article on the Watford website titled “Return to the Vic: Are you match ready” outlines what supporters need to do if they are attending the game against West Ham.
It has been so long since Watford last played a game that the article sets out Plan B protocols for fans to know what rules are in place at the ground.
“Watford FC are back at Vicarage Road for Tuesday’s fixture against West Ham United (December 28, 3pm GMT) in the Premier League,” Watford state on the website.
“All at the club are delighted to be welcoming fans back once again for the 2021/22 season, however it is vital that everyone works together to make matchdays safe during the ongoing pandemic, to protect the health of everyone involved while preventing further capacity restrictions in the future.”
With confidence at a two-year low, West Ham were dealt another big blow ahead of the game after Declan Rice picked up a booking against Southampton ruling him out of the clash with the Hornets.
Moyes must decide whether to replace him with Manuel Lanzini in a deeper role or one of either Alex Kral or Mark Noble.
Neither Noble nor Kral have seen much action this season and both have looked well off the pace physically when they have featured.